Network Bulletin   No.:  06-46

Date:       December 22, 2006

Subject:    Staff, network                              
 Index term:  Vacancy Montana

NLS has been asked to publicize a vacancy announcement for library technician II    at the Talking
Book Library for the Blind, Montana State Library.  A copy of the announcement is attached.

For more information contact:     
Carolyn Hoover Sung 
Chief, Network Division 
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Job Order Detail

Date Posted:       12/15/06
Position Number:        00023
Position Title:         Library Technician II   Reader Advisor
Department:        Montana State Library   Talking Book Library for the Blind
Location:               Helena
Job Status:             Full-Time Permanent
Salary:                 $19,881 - $24,851  
Salary Unit:            Year
Shift:                  Daytime
Band:                   3
Closing Date:      1/12/2006
Supplement Required:    Yes

Applications must be returned by 5:00 pm on the closing date.

Apply to your Local Montana Job Service Center
State Agency:
PO BOX 201800
HELENA  MT  59620-1800

Phone:   (406) 444-3384 
Fax:          444-0266
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]

Reasonable Accommodations:
Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. 
Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and
selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of
employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If
you need any such accommodation, contact the Montana State Library using the information provided above. 

Provide library services to approximately 1/3 of the Talking Book Library (TBL) patrons  by phone, others
by e-mail as well as some in person (walk-ins).  This position selects books, updates patron database, and
performs book/author searches for patrons; implements and manages database upgrades; performs ongoing
troubleshooting of automated system and database; processes new patron applications; adds new patron
information into database; performs or supervises daily duplication of library materials; processes locally
recorded magazines; updates serials information in automated database; performs fill-in duties in the State
Library mail room and TBL circulation, when necessary; and other duties as assigned.

Considerable knowledge of general library practices and procedures; working knowledge of computers,
software, local area networks, Unix, and library automated database (KLAS); assistive technology software
for the visually and physically disabled; office practices and procedures; and supervisory techniques as applied
to volunteers.  Enjoys helping others to read, knowledge of a wide range of book subject matters and
listening skills.  

Ability to operate various types of equipment including multi-line telephone, burster, networks, printers,
duplicators, cassette machines, rewinders, typewriters, tape drive  backup units, uninterruptible power
supply, and servers; search and research automated collection database; perform reference searches; organize
and maintain files; accurately follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively both verbally and
in writing; work effectively under pressure; and multi-task. 

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and
experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree and/or one to two years of post high school education and three
years of experience in library related work, or one year of advanced training in Library Science or a closely
related field.

Application and Selection Process:
Selection procedures used to evaluate an applicant's qualifications may include an evaluation of the State of
Montana application and any required supplemental material, a structured oral interview including a
performance examination, and reference checks.  Applicants will be notified when screening has been
completed.  This job posting is an advertisement for the solicitation of applicants for the position.  It is not
intended to represent a contract between the employer and the applicant selected.

Application materials required initially for this position include the following:

Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, Rev. 12/93 or earlier). Portions of
the application may be photocopied if legible (see application page 1 for instructions).

Applicants claiming Veteran's or Person's with Disabilities Employment Preference (see State     of Montana
Employment Application, PD-25) must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials.  The
required documentation includes a DD-214 or PHHS Certifications     of Disability form accompanied by the
Employment Preference Form PD-25A.

If Supplement Required, complete application supplement identified with your name and the position number
(see attached Supplement Questions if provided).

State employees working at least half-time are also provided paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance. 
Other benefits for eligible state employees include a credit union, a deferred compensation program, public
employees retirement program, 15 working days annual leave per year, 12 days sick leave per year, paid
holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay. Earned leave benefits may be used for maternity and
parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

Immigration Reform and Control Act:
In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three
(3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such
documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver's license or other picture
I.D., a U.S. passport or a green card.

Supplemental Questions:

1. This position requires maintaining our library automated database system, as well as, training patrons on
the use of adaptive technology software and hardware.  What experience do you have in using an automated
library database, as well as using and training patrons on the use of adaptive technology software and
hardware?  Give examples of your work with automated database systems.

2. What prior positions have you held and experiences you have had that reflect your interactions with
blind, low vision, physically and/or reading handicapped individuals?  Give specific examples of how you
handled unique situations with individuals as described above.
3. The majority of our service to patrons (90%) is done over the telephone.  What experiences have you
had serving the public by phone?

4. How would you answer the following patron requests:

A. Name five authors that are classic writers of American literature.  Why did you select them?

B. Name five genres of fiction books and three authors in each of these genres.